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We Return Sept 26!

Come one and come all!  We start back up on September 26 with a Big Ole' Blitz Swiss.  This is a club rated event where we get to knock off the rust or bust out that new opening you have worked on all summer.  We start at 7:00 and will go to 9:00 and play as many G5 rounds as we can.  Perhaps a prize or two too.  Cost? Nada zip nutin.  The club registration is not up yet but will be soon. And if you show up a bit late, we will fit you in on the next round.

Oct 3 & 10 - G30 Chess Day Warm up.

With our big tournament on the 12th we will have  bit of a warm up with a 4 Round Swiss in two sections.  One section for USCF member and the other for non-USCF members.  Time control is G30 + 3 which means two rounds on the 3rd and two on the 10th.  We start at 7:00 pm and go to 9:00 as always. 

Oct 11 - Tournament Setup

Ok so we are not playing chess but may need some help on the 11 setting things up for the 12.  It should not take too long.

Oct 12 - National Chess Day Tournament.

OH THIS IS ON!  4 round Swiss System, Time Control G60 inc/5: Location: Emmorton Recreation Center, 2213 Old Emmorton Road, Bel Air, Maryland 21015.  All prizes guaranteed.  Two Sections OPEN Section: 1st $120 2nd $60, U1800 $60; U1400 Section: $80, U1000 $60. EF: $20 on line at [yet to come].  Online registration closes Oct 10.  Onsite registration $25 cash ONLY. Register early as maximum registration is 56 players.  Reg: 8:00 – 8:45, Rds: 9:00, 11:20, 2:00, and 4:20.

Oct 17 - Redemption Quads.

A chance to either brag or redeem your honor based on how things went on the 12th. We form Quads and play with G20 + 3 time control.  If a Quad has all USCF player we will rate those games otherwise the games are club rated.  The lowest rated 5 - 7 players play in a 3 round Swiss.  

Oct 24 - Quick Swiss.

A four round Swiss in two sections (USCF rated and club rated) Time control G15+3. We will squeeze in 4 rounds!  

What We Do

The Emmorton Rec.Chess provides an environment where players can improve their game and make some friends.  The Emmorton Rec. Chess Club is open to players of all ages.  We meet most Thursday nights from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the Emmorton Rec and Tennis Center.  Please stop by and check us out.

Rated Quick Chess -

About once a month we hold USCF Rated quick chess tournaments.  These are free to our members and typically cost $2 for non members.  If you do not have a USCF membership we often have a non-rated section.  As the cost is low / free, we promise no prizes but often have a small token prize.  Click Here for recent results.

Tournament Trips -

We organize occasional trips to larger tournaments. 

Thematic Nights -

In the past we have had thematic nights for various openings, gong chess, and bughouse. 

Puzzles and Position Analysis -

We occasionally review interesting positions, difficult puzzles, and significant games.  

If you have any questions or want to be added to our email list, contact us at [email protected].

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Problems to solve!!!

Black to move, why not … Qxd3

1.   ...       Qxd3
2.   Qh4  and Black has few options (note that 3. Rh8 and Qxd8 threaten #
      ...       Qxf1
3.   Kxf1

White to move, find the best move

1.   Rxf8+     Qxf8
2.   Nxf8       Rxf8
2.   ...             Rxe2
3.   Ne6   (threating Qxg7#)
        ...             Rxe6
4.   Qb8 and checkmate is forced.

White to move,
Find the Best Move

1. Bf5 (all other moves allow Black to promote the c pawn)
1... exf5 (Other moves for Black allow both pawns to promote and therefore which results in a draw.)
2. h4 and stalement on the next move.
Sometimes, the best move is to fight for a draw.

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